July 28, 2010 08:14 PM by Nancy Floyd
Two dancers are in danger of elimination on tonight’s all-new episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance. The top 6 finalists take the stage three times each tonight as they tackle a wide variety of dances including Bollywood, Broadway, Hip-Hop, and the Foxtrot. Keep reading for more details on tonight’s amazing routines…
For the first time in four weeks, every finalist is healthy and competing on tonight’s episode ofÂ So You Think You Can Dance. The top 6 dancers will each be dancing three times tonight and two dancers will be eliminated on tomorrow night’s results show. Joining resident judges,Â Nigel Lythgoe,Â Mia Michaels, andÂ Adam Shankman, is ballroom champion and choreographer, Toni Redpath.
Kent is the first finalist to take the stage, partnered with All-StarÂ Anya for the Cha-Cha. The routine is titled “My First Kiss” and is choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. The high energy routine is flirty and edgy and for the first time ever, Kent looks a little badass. Just a little. Overall, the judges are impressed with Kent’s improvement and growth, but they still have some criticism for him, mostly about his overdramatic and cheesy facial expressions.
Robert and All-StarÂ Kathryn areÂ up next working on a moving contemporary routine choreographed by Stacey Tookey. The story of the piece is a final goodbye between lovers before one of them goes off to war. The routine is stunning to watch and emotionally touching, especially the twist at the end where it’s the woman going off to war rather than the man. All four judges love the performance and praise Robert’s technique, honesty, and maturity.
Jose is the first dancer to perform his solo tonight. Before he takes the stage, the other dancers sound off about what they think of him. Based on their assessment, Jose is a wise, clueless, smooth, fighting, focused tortoise. Whatever that means. He hits the stage with some sweet breakdancing moves.
Next,Â AdeChike is taking on jazz with All-StarÂ Courtney. The sexy and flirty routine is choreographed by Tyce Diorio and the pair seems to have no problem with their chemistry. The performance is fun and upbeat but divides the judges. Adam Shankman calls it “tremendous” and Toni Redpath thought it looked fun, but Mia Michaels and Nigel Lythgoe wanted a little more abandon and style.
Lauren is the next finalist to perform solo tonight. The guys sound off about her, calling her an energetic, hyperactive, loving girl who is like a little sister. Her contemporary solo to Natural Woman is graceful, sensual, and powerful.
Jose is taking the stage next, performing hip-hop withÂ Comfort. The routine, choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance newbies Marty Kudelka and Dana Wilson,Â is about a guy trying to pick up a girl in the bar. The piece, set to Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness has a 1940s jazz feel to it making for a unique and entertaining style of hip-hop. The routine split the judges with Nigel Lythgoe and Mia Michaels feeling disappointed and uncomfortable, while Toni Redpath thought it was sexy and believable.
Billy is recovered from last week’s knee injury and his solo is next. According to his competitors, he’s aÂ messy, helpful, focused, funny, loud, crazy, sarcastic, and fun nutjob. As always, his routine is strong, interesting, and entertaining. Kent’s solo follows Billy. His competitors view him as a cute, competitive, silly, oblivious, kind, generous farm boy. His routine is so good I’m willing to forgive him for wearing skin-tight, stonewashed tapered jeans.
Next, Lauren is performing with All-StarÂ Allison for a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine. This is the first all-female performance of the season and it’s all about girl power. Dancing to Who’s got the Pain? from Damn Yankees, Lauren and Allison don matching fedoras, shorts, and bra-baring vests for the powerful and energetic performance. Adam Shankman has nothing to criticize about Lauren or her performance, Mia Michaels thinks Lauren has forged ahead of all the other finalists, Toni Redpath thought it was strong and sexy, and Nigel Lythgoe thinks he’s watching American Idol.
Robert’s solo is next. His competitors think he’s a goofy class clown and the songbird of our generation with arrogant sideburns. Say what? Regardless of the jibberish of his fellow competitors, Robert takes the stage and delivers a solid solo.
Billy is taking on a contemporary routine next, choreographed by Stacey Tookey. He’s working with All-StarÂ Ade. In the piece, Billy is playing a homeless man while Ade plays a high-powered businessman. With two dancers this strong and brilliant, it’s not surprising that the entire routine is amazing. The judges agree and give Billy a standing ovation. Nigel Lythgoe calls the routine “brilliant,” Toni Redpath thought it was “incredible” and that it “transcends dance” (huh?), Mia Michaels deems it “sheer perfection,” and Adam Shankman calls it “magnificent.”
Before AdeChike’s solo, we learn that he’s Mr. Personality, a ladies man, everyone’s BFF, and a magician. Apparently it’s tapered stonewash jeans night on So You Think You Can Dance because AdeChike’s wearing them for his solo too. He delivers a strong, solid performance, as always, so I’ll let the fashion faux pas slide.
Next, Jose and Kent are partnering for a Broadway routine choreographed by Spencer Liff. The premise is that the two dancers are movers trying to impress hot girls passing by. The routine is fun and over-the-top, perfect for Kent’s cheesy personality. All four judges rave about the routine and are especially impressed with Kent’s performance.
Lauren and AdeChike are pairing up next for the Foxtrot choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux. The sultry and steamy performance is set to Beyonce’s cover of Fever. Despite the fact that the style is a far cry from their contemporary backgrounds, AdeChike and Lauren nail the performance. The judges have mixed reactions to the performance, praising the pair for the partnering work, but feeling a little mediocre about the routine.
The final performance of the night is a Bollywood routine choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan. Robert and Billy are partnering together to take on the new style of dance. In the piece, they’re playing actors competing for a role in the biggest Bollywood movie of all time. If the role is for the Indian version of Aladdin, Robert should win it hands down because he’s a dead ringer for him. All four judges have nothing but love for Robert and Billy.
Just as the show’s concluding,Â Cat Deeley informs the viewers that Lauren is being treated by a medic. Not another injury!!!Â Tune intoÂ So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow night at 9pm EST onÂ FOX to find out how Lauren is doing and to see which two dancers will be going home!
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